“American Airlines … Something Special in the Air”

Something special, all right. You might end up on the ground for nine hours, with no food, water, or toilets. Or they might throw you from the plane because you look too much like folks next to you, who got themselves thrown off for speaking a foreign language. Doesn’t matter that they were Israelis and…

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

Scotland’s Sunday Herald thinks the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a response to recent discussions in Spain about Muslim use of churches. Following Escudero’s public pray-in on December 27, archbishop Asenjo made his counter-move, calling on Crdoba’s Protestant, Orthodox and Evangelical communities to join a week of prayer starting this Thursday. It was…

Cross Controversy at College of William & Mary

Dom links to a (biased) report and a webpage about a controversy surrounding the removal of a cross from the altar at Wren Chapel at College of William & Mary. President’s statement. After the pressure, he said it could stay in the chapel all day on Sunday’s, and he’d put up a plaque commemorating the…

Blacks in Evangelical Ministries

Exit Interviews: Why Blacks Are Leaving Evangelical Ministries, by Edward Gilbreath at Christianity Today. Or, “being first isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” He quotes from one black pastor: It was my third year with the ministry. I got a call from a prominent white Christian leader, asking me to go to lunch with…

CL in San Diego

My brother Jim just got back from the Communion and Liberation gathering in San Diego. He’s posted a brief item at his blog, but I loved this image in the e-mail he sent me this morning: …we watched the sunset from the pier at Ocean Beach while all the Italians sang ‘O Sole Mio’ at…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Spain

The Archdiocese of Madrid is celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, but a controversy has arisen over the speaking invitation extended by a Protestant group to a vocal liberal female Catholic theologian. The Archdiocese says she does not represent the Archdiocese; the Protestants don’t care. Instead of highlighting our commonalities, this illustrates the…

It’s cold!

Temperatures on the Gulf Coast are in the low 30s and upper 20s today, but the ice storms are staying just to the north of us. Some businesses and schools are closed, some waited to make the decision early this morning. So I’m home, enjoying an extra-long long weekend, while the kids have gone to…

Letters from Tokyo

The US government has just declassified 100,000 pages of evidence of Japanese war crimes in World War 2. Archives press release. Why did it take sixty years for this evidence to be declassified? A 240 page volume of introductory essays, Researching Japanese War Crimes, lays out the issues. From Edward Drea’s introduction: Japanese war crimes…